Heavy flooding in South Carolina today. President Obama has just declared it a National Emergency. If you want to read a blog post from someone who lives there, I have a link to Laurie's blog, you may read it here.
On a personal note, my stepmother was trying to drive back to Georgia today and her journey required her to come through Columbia, South Carolina. (She had been visiting her family just north of Columbia.) Once she reached Columbia, she had to turn around, many of the roads were closed, including the interstate highways. If you look at a map of the area, you will notice that there are several rivers. Imagine all of them flooded, and you will see why she couldn't make it. I think I saw on the Weather Channel that they closed 300 roads in Columbia and as I watched it, I was told that a woman was swept away in the flood and had died. (I think that seven have died in the state from the flooding.) Did I also hear that it was thousands that had to be rescued by boat from their homes? Sorry, I have been a bit worried all day about this, and I could look this up for you, but you all might know more about this than I do! I spoke with my stepmom later in the day and she made it back to her family's home and is now safe. I hope that she will not attempt the journey again until she knows for sure that the roads are passable. My Dad is eager for her to return but the main thing is to be safe!
There is a phrase that they mentioned several times on the Weather Channel and it is worth repeating...
TURN AROUND......DON'T DROWN!
The power of water is very strong and the water level can rise very quickly. If you are driving and see water covering the road, do not attempt to drive any further. I just saw TV coverage of a man being rescued from the water and there was his large pick up truck half submerged in the water behind him. I am sure that he thought he could make it through in such a large vehicle. Thankfully, it looked as though he was being brought to safety.
Also, do not go to view the swollen creeks and flooded rivers after heavy rains. This is just my own personal observation, but there are always accounts of people falling into the swift running water and drowning.
We have had a rainy weekend in the Atlanta area but nothing like the rain that fell in South Carolina...I am praying for all who have been affected by this.
UPDATE AS OF OCT. 5th- My step mother made it home safely today. I spoke with her on the phone and it was such a relief to hear her laughter! (She has a great sense of humor besides also having a great faith in God.)
Still praying for those in South Carolina.
|These are some more flowers that I planted from seed...I like the coreopsis turning to the sun!|